Fonds - Earle D. MacPhee fonds

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Earle D. MacPhee fonds

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  • 1917-1976 (Creation)
    MacPhee, Earle Douglas

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65 cm of textual records

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Born in New Brunswick, Earle D. MacPhee (1894-1982) earned his M.A. and B.Ed. (1920) from the University of Edinburgh after returning from overseas duty. During the next decade he held regular and visiting faculty appointments in psychology departments at Acadia, Alberta, Toronto, Iowa and Chicago. In 1929, he moved into a business career which he pursued until 1950, when he was appointed Director of UBC's School of Commerce and also Honourary Bursar of the university. Along with Senator Don Cameron, MacPhee helped to establish the Banff School of Advanced Management in 1952. He was appointed as the first Dean of the new Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration in 1956, a position which he held until his retirement in 1963. Keenly interested in his Scottish heritage, MacPhee published several works on his clan and, in 1981, he was appointed as Commander of the MacPhee Clan. For more biographical information about MacPhee refer to his autobiography entitled, Footsteps (LB 775 M36 A3 1966).
Initial attempts to establish a commerce undergraduate degree program began in 1916 with the impetus coming from the Vancouver Board of Trade. Shortage of funds temporarily delayed the implementation of the suggested program but continued interest resulted in the introduction of five courses in 1929. In September 1939, Ellis Morrow became head of a separate Department of Commerce within the Faculty of Arts and Science. Under Morrow's direction, the department grew and in 1950, its status was changed to a school under the direction of MacPhee. Six years later, the Senate and Board of Governors approved the establishment of the Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration.

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Fonds consists of reports, printed materials, publications, conference proceedings and programs, correspondence, minutes, memoranda, and contracts pertaining to MacPhee's personal and professional life. Fonds is arranged in seven series: Biographical Information, MacPhee Family Genealogy, General Scottish History, Books and Articles by MacPhee, Banff School of Advanced Management, and History of the Faculty of
Commerce and Business Administration series. The latter series includes materials relating to the history he prepared for the Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration in 1976.

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BCAUL control number: UBCARCH-143

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